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India Withdraws Pakistan's Most Favoured Nation (MFN) Status: Union Minister Arun Jaitley Says There Is Incontrovertible Evidence Of Pak's Direct Hand In Pulwama Terror Attack

Written By Ankit Prasad | Mumbai | Published:

India has withdrawn the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status accorded to Pakistan in light of the dastardly terror attack in Pulwama on the CRPF in which 37 jawans have been martyred.

Addressing a briefing immediately after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his Delhi residence, in the presence of Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister Arun Jaitley, MEA Sushma Swaraj and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

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Arun Jaitley addressing the media said, "The CCS met to take an assessment and discuss the Pulwama incident. The CCs observed 2-min silence in the memory of those who led down their life by making a deep sacrifice. We express condolences with families who lost their family members."

"The CRPF will make detailed arrangements for transporting the mortal remains of the deceased to their families. A detailed assessment of the incident was also taken," he added. 

Union Minister stated that steps will be taken to isolate the neighbour from the international community.

He said, "The MEA will initiate all possible diplomatic steps which have to be taken to ensure complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan of which there is incontrovertible evidence of Pakistan's direct hand in this gruesome terror incident."

India withdrew the MNF status granted to Pakistan as a member of WTO in the light of the barbaric attack perpetrated by Pakistan-backed terror organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad and further called for international isolation of the neighbour country. 

He said, "The MEA will in due course keep you informed of the steps it will be taking. The Most Favoured Nation (MNF) status which was granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn. MEA will also engage with the international community to make sure that the comprehensive convention on international terrorism which has been pending for decade before the UN, particularly because of the definition of terrorism is now adopted at the earliest." 

"As far as the forces are concerned, they will be taking all possible steps to ensure complete security is maintained and to ensure those who committed this gruesome act and those who supported it are made to pay a heavy cost," he added. 

The global community including the United Nations, the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Israel, Russia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and so on have showed their solidarity with India, denouncing the barbaric attack.  

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